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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: Kershaw Skyline

Kershaw Skyline
I got the Kershaw Skyline as part of a bunch of knives from a private collector to review. Out of the knives I've got to review from his collection, this one sits on the top of my list. There's aren't many things I can see as a weakness on this model, but this one fits my philosophy of use for EDC almost completely. It's short, sweet and to the point - literally.

The knife's compact handle has a slightly bumpy texture that is flat black. It's got a shape that allows for a finger to slide into the slot just below the blade. The handle has a hole at the bottom for some kind of mancrafted lanyard or paracord attachment. The handle comes to a soft point on the bottom end and fits well in my hand. Some I'm sure would find this design to be too small - however, it fits my hands well.

The Skyline's specs can be found all over the internet and are as follows;

• Steel: Sandvik 13C26 stainless-steel with stone-washed finish
• Handle: Textured black G-10
• Blade Length: 3-1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
• Closed Length: 4-1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
• Overall Length: N/A
• Weight: 2.3 oz.

The Skyline is light, too. When it's in your hand, it heavy enough to feel like a solid tool but light enough not to weigh your pocket down at all. It's got a good, sturdy pocket clip as well - the standard that Kershaw has proven time and time again. The clip stays in place and is attached to the handle with two screws, a design Kershaw has implemented in quite a few knives - and one that adds value to those particular models.

This knife has dual thumb-studs and a flipper. I can't see any scenario where you'd have a difficult time deploying this blade in a hurry. It's smooth to open and locks in position with very little effort. You'd be surprised by how easily the blade slides out of position. With the flipper or the thumb-studs it almost feels assisted, but it's just that smooth.

The blade locks open via a liner locking system. It's tightly held in place with very little lateral movement.

Depending on your philosophy of use, this knife would fit well into almost any EDC role. I can't see many every day cutting tasks that would restrict your use of this particular model. It's sharp, drop point and swift to deploy - three characteristics that I think hold well to many every day cutting chores. 

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